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Three car accident on Yaquina Bay bridge


Motorists stuck in traffic waiting for bridge to clear
Photos Courtesy some rather frustrated drivers

There has been a three car accident has fouled traffic on the Yaquina Bay bridge, Newport police are asking everyone to stay out of the area and not use the bridge for at least the next half hour while they clear the wreck.

First confirmed hospitalized case of the flu in Oregon occurred in Lincoln County

Provided by Oregon Health Authority

Oregon Public Health officials have received the first report of an Oregonian hospitalized with the flu.

The Lincoln County Health Department reported that the 61-year-old woman who was hospitalized with influenza has recovered.

Although flu activity remains low so far this season, this is the first report of hospitalization for flu.

“Every flu season is different, and influenza can affect people differently,” said Paul Cieslak, M.D., of Oregon Public Health. “Even healthy children and adults can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.”

There are plentiful supplies of flu vaccine throughout Oregon. Public Health officials recommend that everyone 6 months of age or older get vaccinated. Vaccination is especially important if you’re in one of these groups:
* Pregnant women.
* Children 6 months through 4 years of age, and especially those 6 months to 23 months of age.
* People 50 years of age or older.
* Anyone with underlying medical conditions such as chronic pulmonary conditions including asthma; cardiovascular conditions, (except isolated hypertension); renal, hepatic, neurological, hematologic or metabolic disorders including diabetes mellitus; and immunosuppression, including those caused by medications or HIV.
* People in long-term-care facilities.
* People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from the flu.

In addition to getting immunized, it’s also important to ward off the flu and other viruses and bacteria by these methods:
* Protect yourself and others by washing your hands often.
* Cover your mouth with something other than your hand when you cough.
* If you’re sick, go see the doctor but otherwise try not to go out and expose others to your illness.

To get more information about influenza and to find out where you can get vaccinated against the flu, visit flu.oregon.gov.

Most Lincoln County Fire Districts and Departments move ahead with joint resource study

Seven out of Lincoln County’s nine fire departments decided Monday night to move ahead with a professional analysis of each department’s strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for enhanced cooperation between them. North Lincoln, Depoe Bay, Newport Rural, City of Newport, Central Coast, Yachats and Siletz said “it’s a go” for participating in the study by ESCI of Wilsonville, which has performed performance assessments on over eight hundred fire departments over many years.

Each participating agency will be analyzed for personnel, management practices, equipment and equipment purchasing, training, unique fire fighting circumstances as they vary from community to community and areas of mutually beneficial cooperation and collaboration. The five month study will give each department a snap-shot of where they are compared to where they might be in all of those areas of professional fire fighting.

Study organizer Ray Woodruff of Waldport says although there has been a lot of rumors that the study is a prelude to fire department consolidations, it’s not that. He said it’s more of an inventory of what fire fighting resources exist, how they can be better managed and grown smartly. Depoe Bay Fire Chief Josh Williams said each department will get a full report that is strictly applicable to its own department. It will also allow each department to explore opportunities for reducing costs for firefighter training, equipment and supplies purchasing and opportunities for working closer together to meet challenges in coverage and planning.

Although the Seal Rock Fire Protection District Board and the Toledo City Council declined to have their fire departments participate in the study, Seal Rock Chief Tracy Shaw and Toledo Chief Will Ewing attended Monday night’s meeting as observers.

New third ward city councilor Alex Ward sworn into office at Lincoln City City Council

Alex Ward is sworn into office by City Recorder Cathy Steere

Newly elected Third Ward City Councilor, and Taft area businessman Alex Ward was sworn into office Monday night during the city council’s regular twice a month meeting. After he was sworn in, he took his seat at the far left end of the council dais, moving councilor Gary Ellingson one seat toward the center. The council took a quick break to cut a quite delicious chocolate cake brought in for the occasion, and many congratulated Ward for his successful election and ascension to the council.

Ward is a Taft area businessman who owns a firm that performs background checks on prospective employees for businesses and various agencies in the Lincoln City area. Ward’s presence on the council is likely to add support for revamping some of the regulations on Vacation Rental Dwellings in the city.

Authorities release identity and photo of slain Eureka California man allegedly killed by Pedersen/Grigsby duo.



Reginald Clark (Top)
“Red” Pedersen (middle)
Cody Myers (bottom)

Detectives investigating a series of homicides thought to be at the hands of David Pedersen and his female companion Holly Grigsby have identified another murder victim whose body was found in his car parked just a few blocks off Highway 101 in Eureka, California. The victim, Reginald Clark, 53, was shot in the head and left for dead in the 3300 block of Glen Street, south of the main downtown and just east of the Bayshore Mall. It may or may not have any bearing in the case, but Pedersen is an avowed white supremacist with the letters “SWP” tatooed on his neck, “SWP” standing for “Supreme White Power.” Clark was black.

It brings to four the number of people gunned down execution style, allegedly by Pedersen and his accomplice Holly Grigsby who were arrested late last week after being pulled over near Sacramento while driving the car belonging to by-then slain Cody Myers of Lafayette, near McMinnville.

Everett Washington Police say that David “Joey” Pedersen’s step mother was knifed to death at her home, and that her husband, and David Pedersen’s father, David “Red” Pedersen was last seen riding away in a black jeep with his son driving. His body was later found in the jeep, which was abandoned in the wilds near Green Peter Lake in eastern Linn County. “Red” Pedersen had been shot in the head.

Cody Myers’ body was found with bullet wounds to his head and chest, and was dumped in the woods off Highway 34 near Mary’s Peak, south of Philomath in Benton County. It’s believed his murder actually occurred off Highway 20 on the Pioneer Mountain Loop, near Toledo about ten miles east of Newport.

Authorities say collecting and organizing evidence among the four states will take some time. Prosecutors in Snohomish County Washington, Lincoln County Oregon, along with those in Humboldt and Yuba Counties in California have been conducting conference calls between themselves sorting the cases out, trying to chart a pathway of prosecution in this wide ranging murder spree.

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